One of Britain's most successful, controversial columnists looks back on his childhood and how we got from there to here.
Richard Littlejohn was born in Ilford, Essex in 1954. It wasn't just another century, it was another country. Wartime rationing was still in force. Children who grew up in the fifties and sixties ran free and wild. They were always outdoors and played in cornfields, on building sites and in air raid shelters.
There was no suffocating elf'n'safety culture, no computer games and no-one suffered from now-fashionable food allergies. Milk came from cows at the local dairy, not supermarkets. Beef dripping was good for you.
Instead of the internet, there were libraries. Instead of 24-hour satellite television, there was the anarchic free-for-all of Saturday morning pictures and the Under The Bedclothes Club on Radio Luxembourg.
Richard revisits childhood haunts, encountering an England changed beyond recognition - from the covered market which is now a 30-storey Dubai-style tower block to his old primary school, where pupils now speak 20 different languages as their mother tongue. His old grammar school has been abolished and demolished.
From Muffin the Mule to Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, this book is part memoir, part social documentary. Poignant, warm and funny, it really is a journey to a Lost World.
Richard Littlejohn is an award-winning Daily Mail columnist and broadcaster, and Number One best-selling author. In 2012, he was given the prestigious Edgar Wallace Prize for fine writing by the London Press Club. He was voted one of the most influential journalists of the past forty years by Press Gazette, has been Fleet Street's Columnist of the Year and was named Irritant of the Year by the BBC's What The Papers Say for his unrivalled ability to get up the noses of the great and good. His satirical books and his highly-acclaimed novel To Hell in a Handcart have all been best sellers. Richard has written for the Sun, London's Evening Standard, Punch and the Spectator. He has presented his own TV series and documentaries on LWT, Sky, Channel 4 and Carlton, winning a Silver Rose of Montreux. As a radio presenter he has worked for London's LBC and the BBC, receiving a Sony Award for his football phone-in show 6-0-6.
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